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The National Testing Agency on Monday requested an urgent hearing in the Supreme Court on its plea against a high court ruling which directed it to not release results of the NEET results and to conduct a re-examination for two candidates whose exam paper and OMR sheets were mixed up at a center in Maharashtra. Following the Bombay High Court directed the National Testing Agency (NTA) to conduct a fresh test of two applicants and publish their results in addition to results of the NEET (National Eligibility Entrance Test) results of the other candidates, NTA has sought an urgent hearing before the Supreme Court on this matter. In an unprecedented decision, the Bombay High Court on October 20 ordered the NTA established in the year 2018 to conduct an examination called the National Eligibility Entrance Test (NEET) for admissions into undergraduate medical programs to conduct fresh examinations for two students and release their scores along with the principal outcomes of the test which was conducted on September 12.
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The High Court had taken noting that the examination book and OMR sheet for two medical students -the names of Vaishanavi Bhopali, and Abhishek Shivaji – were misplaced in the exam center before the beginning of the exam and directed to give them a fresh chance to take the test. In the meantime, the NEET 2021 Phase 2 application procedure and correction period will end today, on the 26th of October. Interested candidates can use this opportunity as the final and last chance to correct their details. The Center said there was a delay with the announcement of results that could affect the admissions process for medical undergraduate courses including MBBS, BDS, BAMS, BSMS, BUMS, and BHMS.
A bench, headed by Chief Justice N V Ramana was informed about the urgent nature of the case by the Solicitor General Tushar Mehta, appearing for the NTA and stating that the release of results has been halted because of the ruling by the supreme court. The court requested the law officer to bring the matter to the bench that is taking up these cases. After hearing that the case was a new one the bench agreed to take a look at an urgent list.
The NTA during its plea claimed in its appeal that NEET (UG) 2021 Exam with more than 16.2 lakh applicants was conducted on September 12, but because of the order of the high court, it is unable “to declare their results even though the same is ready for declaration”. In the appeal, NEET Entrance Exam was conducted on September 12 for 16,14,777 candidates. It involved 3682 centers across the 202 cities, 9,548 center Superintendent And Deputy Superintendents. 5,615 observers, 2,69,378 invigilators, and 220 City Co-ordinators’ the NTA stated in its appeal.